19.9.23 BREAKING NEWS
Funding from Babergh/Mid Suffolk District Council enables 4 days of
Volunteer Working Parties this autumn and winter. Come and get involved
in the completion of the greenwood shingle roof of the Long House. Read
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We held our last AGM on the 25th November
2023 - the annual report for the year 22-23 is below. A video of our full Impact Statement can be viewed on YouTube.
a leading social enterprise we specialise in the delivery of Timber
Skills, Timber Framing, Wattle and Daub and Lime
courses for professionals,
home-owners, self-builders, and
anyone with an interest in getting hands-on with natural materials (or
learning how to instruct a builder more knowledgably).
We are a recognised provider of IHBC CPD
Vouchers for courses
are available. They also make excellent birthday, retirement or
Get hands-on experience of Wattle and Daub, using Hot Lime and Timber
Frame Repairs on our 4-day Timber
Frame Restoration Skills course
Y-post in Craft Barn
Elm roundwood rafters with wattle
and daub infil from above in Tool Shed roof at Orchard Barn
Watch our Earth Mortar video on YouTube.
24.1.24 NEW CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN
need your help to raise £3,500 to pay for an extra lift of scaffolding.
This will enable Volunteers to safely reach the ridge and complete the
shingle roof of our new Education Room. Link to the Crowd
Funding Campaign is here.
YOUR donation will help greatly AND as a thank-you some excellent
rewards are available - such as a discount voucher to use on one of our
Traditional Building Skills courses, a Team Building session, fruit
wood for crafting, a young Green Gage tree (home grown), natural wood
stepping stones for your garden, sacks of plane shavings/kindling, elm
mallets and more.
Below - OBee Community Building
Photo below shows the timber frame and home made insulation in the walls of our new Education Building
Montage by Daisy of July Summer School for University College London Architecture students
OUT for new Volunteers.
Do you live in, or near to Babergh/Mid
Suffolk? Would you like to join our friendly, fun working parties? We
can offer you the opportunity to learn about making Sweet Chestnut shingles using traditional hand tools. You'll make new
friends, get fitter, have fun - all in a beautiful, natural, rural
Working Parties are held 9-4 Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
yourself onto one of our Taster Days
07766-054042 for more information.
- Volunteer working party making Sweet Chestnut shingles early 2023
Above, the OBee Community wondering how to reach the ridge
Anita volunteering in the hard hat area of
normal' is the reinstatement of a holistic approach of working
with Nature that provides participants with greater awareness,
experience and insights into the interconnected of the health of humans
with the health of our environment.
Barn has its own YouTube channel with 400+ subscribers. Have a look
at our video
about why we set up this community building project in 2007, and what
we've collectively achieved since then.